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Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad
By Ellen Levine
2007. Scholastic Press
Available in braille or electronic formats from the following sources:
1. National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped Free loan to registered users. Users must register with their cooperating library. www.loc.gov/nls/ (202) 707-5100
Henry is a slave. When he is a young boy his master tells him he must go be his son's slave. His new master has him work in a tobacco factory. One day Henry meets Nancy, another slave. They fall in love and get permission to be married and live together, even though they have different masters. One day Nancy and their children are sold. Henry is very sad. He wants his freedom. He asks Dr. Smith, a white man who does not like slavery, to help him. Dr. Smith and James put Henry in a big wooden box and address it to someone in Philadelphia. After 27 hours Henry's box is opened and he is greeted by four men in his new home of Philadelphia.